I often think of my son’s autism as a journey. A journey with many, many steep mountains. And holes and cliffs. And of course it’s slippery. The hills have jagged rocks and most of the time I feel like I am hanging on for dear life. There is no safety harness or map. I typically … More Have a Kid with Autism? Avoid These Mistakes.
“Why do you talk like that?” I heard the question come from behind me as I helped another child in the Sunday school class. “It’s just the way I am.” I heard my sister-in-law wisely answer the curious boy. My sister-in-law, Kara, was born with Cerebral Palsy. She was helping me in the classroom that … More Talking to Kids About Disabilities
What is it about babies’ feet that’s so adorable? Is it their tiny toes, the pure baby smell, or the fact that they are completely unblemished? When Livy was born, the nurses created a foot impression ornament for us. They gently placed her foot in plaster, added her name to it, and painted it pink. … More These Little Piggies
Nothing says Christmas more than a group of children dressed up and ready to present their version of the Nativity. And what says Nativity more than a dog, a lion, a tiger, and a skunk? Oh, my! When our church does something, we don’t skimp on anything. Between the larger-than-life angel wings, the full band … More Holidays: My New Normal
As parents, we all come to the crossroad of whether our children believe in Santa sooner or later. It’s a sad milestone. It begins to be difficult for them to understand and believe in something they can’t see. Sure, we see Santa and his helpers often during the months before Christmas, but never during his Christmas Eve … More Believing in Santa as an Adult with Special Needs
I’m feeling a bit weird right now. (At this disclosure, I can almost hear my friends laughing and saying “No news there, then!” – thanks guys…I KNOW that’s why you love me *blows kisses*) So, I’ve ditched what I was writing, because I feel the need to get these feelings and thoughts out. Please bear … More A Diagnosis Doesn’t Change Who Your Child Is
Here in the US, Thursday is Thanksgiving. A time of gathering, heads bowed in thankfulness, crisp fall leaves, warm pie, and total freak-out-mode for many parents who have kids with special needs. Why the freak-out mode? Because too often, our friends and family members don’t understand our children. While acknowledging that they try, and that … More 7 Things to Know about My Kid While we Eat or Don’t Eat Turkey